Log Cabin

The log cabin design represents the log homes made in the prairie.  It first appeared towards the end of the 19th century.  The centre block, traditionally red or orange, represents the hearth and the chimney.  The light strips are the corner of the room lit up by the fire.  The dark strips represent the corner […]

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Baby Block

The baby block originates from star designs where the diamond was in use since the beginning of the 19th century.  Baby blocks use the diamond shape to create an illusion of 3d.  The colour placement is what creates the impression of depth.  It reflects a stack of blocks like that which children build from blocks, […]

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Le Moyne Star

The Le Moyne star is named for the Le Moyne brothers from France.  The family settled in Canada in the 17th century.  Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville established the Louisiana Colony in 1689.  His brother Jean-Baptiste de Bienville served several terms as Louisiana governor.  In North America, the block underwent a name change due to regular […]

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Little Schoolhouse

The Little Schoolhouse belongs to a group of blocks that represent every day life and items closer to reality for those quilters in the late 19th century.  From about 1870 it is also found in the context of the education campaign to get more children educated as led by the American federal government at the […]

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Chimney Sweep

Chimney Sweep

In the olden days, houses were built around chimneys to keep it warm.  The chimney was in the middle of the house and the rooms were built around it.  Each room had a burning fireplace in the corner.  Chimney sweepers would go down these chimneys to scrape the soot deposits that could cause house fires.  […]

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Introducing the Block Barn

The Block Barn is our new series focusing on traditional quilt blocks. We will introduce you to a traditional block on a regular basis, and you can use the Block Barn to check on earlier releases. It is a similar concept to Block of the Month or Block of the Week, but we will not […]

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placemats for christmas

Placemats for Christmas

I’ve made some placemats for Christmas celebrations.  The designs used are “Folk Christmas Redwork” . The finished size of each placemat is approximately 13″ x 18″. Using the diagram, this is for 1 placemat: Fat quarter 1/8 yard 1/8 yard 1/8 yard 1/8 yard Using the diagram, cut the following for a single placemat: Square […]

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Baby quilt

Here is a quick baby quilt using a very simple design. In this case, I used blocks, no batting, and flannel for the backing.  It is soft, not bulky, and great for swaddling baby.  Perfect for a newborn, and great for a baby shower gift. Perhaps add a burp cloth with matching fabric? You will […]

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Make a yo-yo without the yo-yo-maker

Yo-yo’s have become very popular in quilting, and there is a variety of yo-yo shapes that can be made with the help of a plastic yo-yo maker.To make a traditional yo-yo you will need:Something to make a circle on fabric, a mug or glass will doMarking toolNeedle and threadBeeswax (optional)Method  Use your mug or glass […]

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quilt in a day four steps to one great quilt

How to make a quilt in a day

Have you ever tried making a quilt in one day?  I have a simple pattern and full details on how you can do just that! 1 Layer cake or 42 10″ x 10″ swatches of fabric Rotary cutter Cutting mat Quilter’s ruler You will need fabric for binding – the finished quilt measures 55″ x […]

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